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In a surprising move that may affect many teachers' classroom procedures, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether teachers can allow students to grade each other's tests.
As reported in the November 2000 NEA Today, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals last year ruled that the common practice of peer grading violates a federal privacy statute known as FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. That's a 27-year-old law that prohibits schools from disclosing a student's "education records" without parental consent.
The appellate court said that students' test scores are education records and can't be disclosed to …